Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Prisoners of Christ
John Waller, Jr.
of the county of Spotsylvania
Prisoners of Christ
Prophets of Spiritual Freedom
Who, undaunted by imprisonment
preached the Gospel even through
the bars of the jail in Fredericksburg
in the year 1768
We Must Obey God Rather than men -- Acts - V - 29
Location. 38° 18.248′ N, 77° 27.661′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Princess Anne Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the front wall of Fredericksburg Baptist Church, 1019 Princess Anne St. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1019 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fredericksburg Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Hostages (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis Randolph Ball (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gun from the CSS Virginia (about 400 feet away but has been reported missing); The Booth House (about 400 feet away); Bridgewater Mills Weedon’s Tavern (about 400 feet away); Stating Inalienable Rights (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
1. The Baptist Church
Silvanus Jackson Quinn in his 1908, History of the city of Fredericksburg, Virginia tells the story this way:
The Baptists came into notice as early as the year 1768, when John Waller, Lewis Craig and James Chiles, three zealous Baptist ministers, were seized by the sheriff of Spotsylvania county, carried before three magistrates in the yard of the church building, on the charge of "preaching the gospel contrary to law." They were ordered to jail in Fredericksburg, and, while in jail, preached through the iron gratings of the windows and door to large crowds, who assembled to see and hear them. It is said as they marched through the streets of the town to jail, in the custody of the officers of the law, followed by a large, noisy crowd jeering at them, they sang that old hymn by Watts, to the tune of Wyndham:
"Broad is the road that leads to death.
And thousands walk together there;
But wisdom shows a narrow way,
With here and there a traveller."
— Submitted July 27, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Categories. • Churches, Etc. • Colonial Era •
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